Prince, Singer & Pop Icon Dead At 57
Grammy award winning artist, Prince, has been found dead at 57. The singer was found dead at his Paisley Park estate and studio in Chanhassen, Minnesota Thursday. How rep later confirmed, saying "It is with profound sadness that I am confirming that the legendary, iconic performer, Prince Rogers Nelson, has died at his Paisley Park residence this morning at the age of 57," the rep said in a statement to NBC News. "There are no further details as to the cause of death at this time." He was found unresponsive in an elevator inside the property and first responders were unable to revive him via CPR. He was pronounced dead just after 10am. Police are investigating the circumstances of his death.
Earlier this month, the singer cancelled two concerts in Atlanta as he was not feeling well. He had a performance in the city last Thursday but, after the show, his plane then made an emergency landing in Moline, Illinois and the singer was hospitalized.
Prince was working on a "few key projects," including new music, before his illness and death, a source says. "Prince was extremely happy and upbeat about life and his music a few weeks ago," the source added. "His energy was high and he was feeling healthy." The singer also had epilepsy. "I've never spoken about this before but I was born epileptic and I used to have seizures when I was young and my mother and father didn't know what to do or how to handle it, but they did the best they could with what little they had," he said on the PBS show Tavis Smiley in 2009. “My mother told me one day, I walked in to her, and said, 'Mom, I'm not gonna be sick anymore' and she said, 'Why?' and I said, 'Because an angel told me so. Now, I don't remember saying it, that's just what she told me," he said. "And from that point on I've been having to deal with a lot of things—getting teased a lot in school and you know, early in my career, I tried to compensate for that by being as flashy as I could and as noisy as I could."
The singer was born in 1958. His father was a pianist in a Minnesota jazz band. He rose to fame in the late '70s and was most popular in the '80s and early '90s and won seven Grammy Awards throughout his career. Prince released hits such as "Little Red Corvette," "When Doves Cry," "Let's Go Crazy," "Cream," "Diamonds and Pearls," "1999"—which became an anthem for many schools' and colleges' graduating classes, "Kiss"—which Julia Roberts' character famously sang in a bathtub scene in the movie Pretty Woman and the iconic "Purple Rain."